A short drive up the North Coast and you are on Safari in Big 5 [lion,leopard, elephant, rhino,buffalo] country. Your friendly guide will search for these majestic animals as you take in the lush beauty of these two astonishing African Game Reserves.
After an early pick up you head up the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. A 2h30 drive in a closed air-conditioned vehicle through lush cane fields and past quaint seaside villages and you arrive at the gate of the magnificent Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Your adventure starts now as you drive through the coastal forests and savanna of this reserve, rich in African wildlife with the chance of sightings at every turn. Your experienced guide knows the habits and habitat of the resident animals and will show you around the park in search of the diverse wildlife and Big 5.
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve set in the heart of Zululand where Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhinoceros) roam the flourishing savannah. Established in 1895 this is the oldest park in South Africa and encompasses over 98 000 hectares of the beautiful African landscape. This tour is in a closed air-conditioned vehicle for your comfort. Temperatures reach range from 18oC to high 30oC. The Park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is characterized by hilly topography. The list of animals in the park is long and varied. Hluhluwe Game Reserve makes up the northern top half of the reserve which is renowned for its diverse variety of bird and animal life. South of Hluhluwe is the Imfolozi Game Reserve which makes up half of the park. These two reserves were joined together to create the largest reserve in KwaZulu Natal. The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve is noted for its White Rhino conservation. Their Centenary Capture Centre is celebrated for its exceptional research in animal capture, rehabilitation and release as well their approach to sustainable ecotourism in South Africa.
Due to the different habitats that co-exist in the park Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve is home to about 400 species of birds, with some high on any serious 'twitchers' list.
Your guide will stop for lunch at Hilltop Camp (own expense) giving you time to refuel and relax. The restaurant is situated at the top of the hill and gives visitors the chance to enjoy the scenery of the camp and surrounding areas. After lunch you will continue with your safari before leaving the park and heading back to Durban.
Departure/return location: Pickup & drop off service within a 5km radius of 1st Zulu Safaris office at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade, Durban
Departure Time: 6:30 am
Collection in air-conditioned vehicle
2h30 drive to the gate of Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Park
Safari drive in the park
Lunch at the Hilltop Camp [own expense]
Safari drive in the park
Return to Durban
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